A single word has jumped into my conversations several times this Monday morning. I am only half way through the day, yet I have heard it used three times. Both personal and professional uses, but it has been a common thread.
TRUST. It gets me thinking… are people using this word casually, or is it really on people’s minds? I believe in people and their sincerity. It has to be sincere. For fun, I look it up. Here is what I found as the primary definition:
“Trust: the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something: relations have to be built on trust | they have been able to win the trust of the others.”
This 5-letter word carries so much power.
On a basic level, one thing we probably all agree on — trust can only be earned. Developing and maintaining trust between people is critical to personal and professional success. Trust is the foundation for a successful business relationship. Here are a few important tips for building trust:
- Keep your promises and don’t make promises you can’t keep.
- Always be honest and never lie.
- Keep confidences if someone asks you to do so.
- Be open about your feelings and opinions in a respectful way.
- Be genuine.
- Follow through in all you say and do.
- Be humane and forgive people for their shortcomings.
Trusting relationships are worth their weight in gold. We never know where life will lead us, but with honest effort and follow-through, trusting relationships will always have a positive effect on our personal and professional lives. In a nutshell, I will try surround myself with good people and enjoy the experiences those people bring!